Spend Culture: CFOs on People, Cash, and Organizations
How to Prioritize People and Manage Financial Operations in a Remote Work Culture

How to Prioritize People and Manage Financial Operations in a Remote Work Culture

November 26, 2020

Wajdi Goussoub, the Director of Finance at Plooto gets honest about the changes and sacrifices made during the pandemic, and how he built a successful spend processes that empowers the individual team members within the company. Wajdi also draws to his prior experience as a VC and identifies what makes successful startups stand out from the rest.

Managing Hypergrowth and Achieving IPO in a Downturn Economy - Jim Kelliher, CFO at Drift

Managing Hypergrowth and Achieving IPO in a Downturn Economy - Jim Kelliher, CFO at Drift

November 20, 2020

Managing Hypergrowth and Achieving IPO in a Downturn Economy

In this episode, Jim Kelliher, the CFO at Drift shares how Drift became the fastest growing tech company in Boston, and how they navigated strategic challenges during a downturn by being customer-centric, trusting the team, and investing in the right processes and people.

In addition, Jim shares his advice on IPO best practices from his previous CFO roles, and what a finance executive needs to think about before going public.

Speakers: Jim Kelliher, Chief Financial Officer, Drift

Jim Kelliher is the Chief Financial Officer at Drift, a Boston-based tech company. Drift is a Revenue Acceleration platform that uses Conversational Marketing and Conversational Sales to help companies grow revenue and sales. He is an expert at building tech startups through escalating organizational processes and expanded systems of growth as a financial executive. Jim shares his skill set on adapting towards long term market scale and how investing in people-based training and development aligns with the strategic goals in a growing company.

Why Finance Leaders Should Stay Informed, Connected, and Humble With Kingsley Chan of Finn AI

Why Finance Leaders Should Stay Informed, Connected, and Humble With Kingsley Chan of Finn AI

November 10, 2020

Why Finance Leaders Should Stay Informed, Connected, and Humble

In this episode, Kingsley Chan, Director of Finance at Finn Ai shares his insights on what makes a forward-thinking, strategic finance leader, and why being informed, connected, and humble and keys to success. In addition, he shares his remote work tips on how Finn Ai was able to adapt with agility to the downturn.

Speakers: Kingsley Chan, Director of Finance, Finn Ai

Kingsley Chan, CPA, CA is currently the Director of Finance at Finn AI with 14 years of work experience in a variety of company sizes and sectors. With experience in public companies to private companies, the energy sector to the technology sector, he is currently heavily involved in the Vancouver startup scene specializing in scaling companies for hyper-growth. An alumni from UBC's Sauder School of Business, he is both a mentor of CPA students and a creator looking to disrupt the information flow within the finance tech realm through Disrupt Finance, an organization he co-founded. On the side, he founded an apparel brand called The Uglies Brand, which looks to inspire self-confidence by preaching "you are safe to be who you are, we all have our inner uglies."

Category Management Must Knows for Biotech Procurement Professionals

Category Management Must Knows for Biotech Procurement Professionals

November 2, 2020

In this episode, Dana Small, the Senior Category Manager, Head of Global Commercial Strategic Sourcing at BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, and procurement blogger join us to chat about how women in procurement can thrive in the profession and the category management must-knows for biotech procurement leaders.

Speaker: Dana Small, Senior Category Manager at BioMarin Pharmaceuticals & Blogger at Ms. Category Management

Dana Small is the current Senior Category Manager, Head of Global Commercial Strategic Sourcing at BioMarin Pharmaceuticals. Dana has over 13 years of experience in finance, with 10 supporting the sales and marketing function including FP&A and Global Category Management Procurement/Sourcing, and over 17 years of experience within the Pharmaceutical / Biotech (BioPharma) Industry. Also known as “Ms. Category Management” on LinkedIn, Dana is also a blogger and public speaker who is passionate about sharing her learnings with the audience.  Please visit her on her website at - https://mscategorymanagement.com/

Why Building a Brand is the Best Investment Against a Downturn - John Tabis, Founder & Chairman of the Bouqs Company

Why Building a Brand is the Best Investment Against a Downturn - John Tabis, Founder & Chairman of the Bouqs Company

October 15, 2020

In this episode, John Tabis, the Founder of The Bouqs Company shares his thoughts on why building a long-lasting brand is the best investment against a downturn, and his fundraising journeys through Shark Tank and beyond. In addition, he shares why a vision-driven CFO is the best business partner a CEO can get, and what traits to look for in a CFO hire. 

Speaker: John Tabis, Founder and Chairman of The Bouqs Company 

John is a proven brand builder and entrepreneur with deep experience in innovative media ventures and consumer products, John Tabis is the Founder and Chairman of The Bouqs Company. In 2012, along with co-founder Juan Pablo Montúfar, Tabis launched the Marina del Rey, California-based company, now an industry leader in the online floral space that delivers flowers and plants fresh from eco-friendly, sustainable farms around the world to doorsteps nationwide. Prior to launching Bouqs, Tabis worked in corporate brand strategy for Disney and ShoeDazzle and advised Fortune 100 clients at Bain & Company.

Bridging the Business Gap Between Finance and Procurement With Karthik Rama

Bridging the Business Gap Between Finance and Procurement With Karthik Rama

September 30, 2020

In this episode of Spend Culture Stories, Karthik Rama joins us to chat about how procurement can find alignment with finance and work together as business partners, and how procurement leaders can successfully lead a cross-departmental digital transformation project. 

Speakers: Karthik Rama, Procurement Doctor

Karthik is all about Procurement Transformations, with over 16+ years of experience in helping organizations from varied industries, from all over the world. He is inquisitive to understand the subtle differences in industries and regions and has a complete grasp of the Source to Pay cycle. Karthik has worn multiple hats over the years, right from being the Procurement guy to the IT guy deploying the Procurement System - this gives him an edge when speaking the language of technology to the IT teams and Procurement to the Procurement teams.

Procurement and Contract Management Horror Stories With Daniel Barnes

Procurement and Contract Management Horror Stories With Daniel Barnes

September 17, 2020

In this episode of Spend Culture Stories, Daniel Barnes chats with us on procurement and contract management horror stories he's seen throughout the years, and how to combat the biggest blockers to procurement efficiency. In addition, we chat about how procurement leaders can build a personal brand, and how to communicate the value of procurement in organizations. 

Speakers: Daniel Barnes, Founder of The World of Procurement 

Daniel Barnes is an independent commercial, procurement, and supply chain consultant that specializes in driving cost savings and adding value to your business. He is also the producer & host of the World of Procurement podcast - talking about all things procurement, supply chain, and contract management. His website, World of Procurement also provides procurement and supply chain content, tips, and thought leadership for the procurement profession. 

How to Validate a Business Idea Before Seeking Investment Capital With Cynthia Del’Aria

How to Validate a Business Idea Before Seeking Investment Capital With Cynthia Del’Aria

August 27, 2020

In this episode of Spend Culture Stories, Cynthia Del'Aria shares the challenges of launching a startup as a tech CEO, and how to determine the product-market fit for your organization and to validate an idea before seeking investment capital. Cynthia also shares her thoughts on making the right strategic calls on investment to truly build a sustainable business that lasts even during recessions. 

Speakers: Cynthia Del'Aria, CEO/COO of Raika Technologies

Cynthia is the CEO & COO of Raika Technologies, a company that works with small business owners to turn their tech ideas into higher profits and higher margins for their business.
She is passionate about helping new app and tech entrepreneurs spend as little time and money as possible evaluating their idea, helping them get to a go-no-go decision quickly and efficiently.

How to Fundraise and Use Your Startup Capital for Growth With Roy Stein, CEO of BabelBark

How to Fundraise and Use Your Startup Capital for Growth With Roy Stein, CEO of BabelBark

August 6, 2020

How to Fundraise and Use Your Startup Capital for Growth

In this episode, Roy Stein, the CEO and Co-Founder of Babelbark shares how to set a healthy foundational spend culture for early-stage startups, and how to secure your first stage of VC funding - and spend it wisely to grow effectively and efficiently.

Speakers: Roy Stein, CEO & Founder, Babelbark

Roy Stein is the founder and CEO of Babelbark - BabelBark is a comprehensive software platform with mobile applications, intelligent cloud analytics, and marketing tools that connects owners, their dogs, veterinarians, and vendors in a comprehensive and completely integrated solution. 

Roy is a serial entrepreneur and former executive in companies ranging in size from public corporations with thousands of employees to idea & seed-stage startups, with a proven track record in building businesses and turning a problem or company around.

Category Spend Management Lessons Learned from Zuora & Salesforce - Maria Centeno, Head of Procurement, Zuora

Category Spend Management Lessons Learned from Zuora & Salesforce - Maria Centeno, Head of Procurement, Zuora

July 16, 2020

Category Spend Management Lessons Learned from Zuora & Salesforce

In this episode, Maria Centeno, Head of Procurement at Zuora shares her learnings from her many years of strategic sourcing for tech giants such as Salesforce and eBay. She tackles how to best manage marketing and tradeshow spend, and how procurement can work with finance to make the best spending decisions.  

Speakers: Maria Centeno, Head of Procurement, Zuora

Maria Centeno is the current Head of Procurement at Zuora, a publicly-traded enterprise software company that creates and provides software for businesses to launch and manage their subscription-based services. 

Prior to her role at Zuora, Maria led strategic sourcing efforts at Salesforce as the Director of Strategic Sourcing and also held the role of Strategic Sourcing Manager at Ebay. 

Maria is a procurement leader experienced in supplier relationship management, contract negotiation, capturing supplier innovation, category strategy development, and execution.

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